More than 220 000 spectators watched 41 teams competing above Cape Town's V & A Waterfront in the Red Bull Flugtag, which was ultimately won by Team #BullsEye. It was the 123rd edition of the event internationally since its beginnings in Vienna, Austria, 20 years ago.
The crowd was witness to some remarkable flying machines and equally remarkable dance moves, most teams pulling out all the stops in a bid to win over the judging panel. The panel consisted of self-made media mogul Seth Rotherham, comedian Siv Ngesi and Olympians Khotso Mokoena and Bridget Hartley, as well as other well-known South African personalities. They judged the teams not only on the eventual distance their crafts achieved, but also their showmanship and creativity.
"Cape Town really came to the party at possibly one of the most epic events of the year. The teams played out of their boots with their dance moves, creative aircrafts and fantastic causes that many of them were supporting," said head judge Seth Rotherham.
It was eventually Team #BullsEye with their elaborate dartboard-themed get up, who won not only the judges over but also the crowd with their sensational flight across the water reaching a distance of 17.09 Kilometres.
"It's a surreal feeling to have won first Red Bull Flugtag to take place in Cape Town. It was a couple of months of serious hard work designing and eventually building a craft," said a thrilled Danny Cinti, the team's leader. "The vibe amongst the teams was amazing - everyone was so supportive and really went out to have a good time today."
It wasn't only the teams and their crafts that dazzled the crowd with their aerial mastery - aerobatic pilot Glen Dell pulled some hair-raising manoeuvres in his Red Bull Extra 300 and international "Flyboarder" Franky Zapata performed what can only be described as hydro-propelled aerobatics.
The day was rounded off by local house music duo Goldfish, playing their hits from an extraordinary location - a barge nestled in the main basin of the waterfront.
Posted on 10 Dec 2012 09:42